Interview with Herbert Muhammad

Mr. Muhammad, my first question to you is: the Nation of Islam attracted a lot of young men like Cassius Clay; why, why did it, in the early 60s, attract such young men like Cassius Clay?


Well, ah, the Nation of Islam, ah, had a great attraction to it, not only young mens of, of, ah, half of these, ah, boxers ah, th- they had, they had an attraction for, I would say more or less the downtrodden, ah, people that feel that they have been oppressed by their society and especially, ah, White supremacy in their society. So they was attracted to the Nation of Islam because the Nation of Islam gave them hope that this wasn't, ah, something that was going to prevail all the time, that God had, had came to deliv- deliver them from their oppressor.